Re: Hunting areas
This is right down my ally.
I have allot of land both mine and I am part of a co-opp.
We are talking over 200 acres.
I control the co-op land for hunting the other owners are tree hugers who do not want to deal with the hunting side of things.
So I have people asking all the time for permission to hunt on the land.
I have found that there is few different kinds of people who ask.
There is the locals that hunted the land years ago before we(I) owned it and feel that they have the right to hunt because they did before.They come up and just say "I will be hunting this weekend" and when they are told NO they get a attitude and say some pretty nasty stuff.And are the ones that get busted for trespassing because they go on the land anyway.
There are the people that show up ready to hunt with guns in there hands asking "You don't mind if we go hunting on this land do you?"and they are told NO.Some of them go on anyway and get mad when they are handed trespass tickets.
Then there are the ones that don't ask and think that because no one is around they will go on and not get caught.They get busted and get mad and again say some real nasty stuff.
Along with the road hunters who use there truck as a blind and a spot light at night to hunt.They go to jail.
So you see as a land owner we have to put up with allot of BS that gives us a bad taste in our mouths about people who we don't know and trust.
Now lets get into the people who we gave permission to.(That we thought we knew).
I would go into the woods and find trash,built tree stands(we do not allow this because it ruins the trees for harvest)Beer cans around ware they parked,and have seen them taking more then there tags allow,bringing in there friends,SO ON AND SO ON!
They are told to leave and NOT come back!
So because of this it is HARD to give permission to hunt on my land HARD to find someone who shows respect to both the land and the rules.
There are a few that can come back every year these are the ones that showed up long before season(April-May) offered to help post and clear and offered to help around the land even offered to help with the taxes.
They show respect to both me and my land and the rules.
They are always welcome.
I want to keep the deer population in control so I now open my land to first time Hunters and handicapped (Vets) and others this has turned out to be great!
We (me and the hunters allowed to hunt here) take them into the woods set them up push for them and help them(when needed) get the deer, gut it, and load it out.
So I guess what I am saying is don't get mad at the land owner when you are told no. Instead ask how or what you can do to show you are responsible and would appreciate the right to hunt on his land.
Do this long before the season not the week before.
Let the owner get to know you and trust you.
Remember I have worked all my life to get this land(WORKED HARD!) and work hard to keep it.
This is my dream come true and don't want it abused.
But would like to make good friends and hunting partners and like others to enjoy what I have.